U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives has approved $4.5 million to improve the production capability of Aspen Compressors LLC toward manufacturing highly-valued miniaturized cooling compressors. Eventually, these mini-compressors can assist military men and women in extreme battlefield temperatures and keep cool the electronic support systems they rely on. Rogers secured this funding in H.R. 3326, the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, which passed the House of Representatives on July 30, 2009 and is awaiting further action by the Senate.
“Aspen Compressors is well on its way to being an entrepreneurial success story. Aspen is at the forefront of compressor miniaturization and their recognized development efforts will play a significant role in providing endless military and commercial cooling solutions,” said Rogers. “The desert climates of Afghanistan and Iraq are ruthless working environments and these light-weight cooling compressors can help prevent heat stroke and have the potential to help save soldiers lives. In addition to the personal cooling benefits, the miniature compressors also serve as a chilling device for electronics and all the necessary support systems used by a 21st Century warfighter.”
Aspen Compressors specializes in small and lightweight thermal management systems that are best suited for mobile and portable cooling. Aspen Compressors, an affiliate of Aspen Systems, opened doors to its Somerset manufacturing facility on September 17, 2007. Over the past three years, Rogers has secured over $8.1 million for the research and production of these important compressors.
Through his role as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Rogers supports important initiatives for the Fifth Congressional District.